AG files PFAS lawsuit in Superior Court

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“Our office is prepared to take criminal action against those who violate quarantine orders when warnings and education efforts aren’t enough,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. (PNC file photo)

Attorney General Leevin Camacho has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against mainland companies connected to the manufacture and distribution of PFAS chemicals.

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is a group of super-resilient, man-made chemicals that contaminates drinking water.

In the lawsuit, the AG asserts that the PFAS chemicals released from the defendants’ products harmed Guam’s environment and wildlife.

In addition, the AG asserts that the companies named in the lawsuit engaged in false, misleading, and deceptive acts about the risks posed by their products.

The companies named in the lawsuit are 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products LP, ChemGuard Inc., Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Kidde-Fenwal Inc., National Foam Inc., E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Co., and the Chemours Company.

GovGuam is asking for remuneration of all costs connected to the investigation and litigation of the case; past and future testing, treatment and monitoring of PFAS exposure; and exemplary and punitive damages among other compensations.

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